SEND/Inclusion

Provision for children with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities 

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) - Miss J Steward. email: j.steward@deepcar-st-johns.sheffield.sch.uk

Our schools mission statement talks of valuing the individuality of all our pupils. We are committed to giving all our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of children's varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, and have high expectations for all children. The achievements, attitudes and well being of all our pupils matter. 

Within our planning teachers must identify the specific learning needs of all children and differentiate their lessons taking into account the different levels of need, they will consider pupil groupings, timetabled support from Teaching Assistants and access to tools or materials to support learning.
 
By aiming to meet the individual needs of every child and by constantly monitoring their progress and achievements against national norms, (the general standards of achievement expected of children across the country) we can identify children who need extra support. 

Children may need extra support with their work if they are:

a) Having problems, or experiencing difficulty, with their work. 

b) Are particularly gifted and need additional challenge.   

Support is given in many ways if a child is identified as having Special Educational Needs/Disability. Additional resources may be available from the school or, in more exceptional circumstances, provided by the LA. This support may include individual work programmes, small group work and ideas for parents and children to work on at home. 

If we are particularly concerned about your child's learning then we will ask you to come into school and discuss their progress and then decide whether or not additional help should be requested. In this case, the initial note of concern is noted by our school's Special Educational Needs Coordinator. The extent of any problem assessed will determine what, if any, extra help can be made available.
  
If you have any any concerns about your child's progress, please make an appointment to discuss it with their class teacher, Miss Steward, our Special Education Needs Coordinator or our Headteacher.

Our SENCO will liaised at length with our feeder infant school prior to children joining us and children who are on the Special Educational Needs/Disability register will remain, initially at that level of concern when they join us.  Extra transitional support will be given to those children with SEN/D where appropriate. 

As a school we are committed to helping and supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Click on the following link to view our Local Offer on the School Directory website. 

http://www.sheffielddirectory.org.uk/kb5/sheffield/directory/localoffer.page?localofferchannel=0

For more information and useful contacts for help and our advice, please see our SEN/D policy which can be found by clicking on our link below, if however, you have any further queries, please get in touch with the school.• Additionally, The Sheffield Parent Carers Forum (SPCF) have produced a helpful booklet which describes and explains the support systems which operate within the city and can be found by clicking on the link below. 

 


For complaints, please contact Mrs Nicola Pearce, the School Governor with responsibility for SEN/D. She can be contacted via the school office or via email n.pearce@deepcar-st-johns.sheffield.sch.uk

 

Child Protection

Changes in the law, notably the Children’s Act (1989), mean that staff in Schools have a duty to report any concerns that they may have of any child who may be suffering significant harm, particularly as a consequence of possible abuse. It is a Department for Children, Schools and Families requirement that each School in the country nominates a senior member of staff who will have special responsibility for Child Protection. In Sheffield, this member of staff, known as the Child Protection Liaison Teacher, has been in receipt of training in this area, and can be trusted to deal with all these matters with professional confidentiality. As a School, we have close contacts with the School Health Service, Family and Community Services and the Police, any or all of whom may become involved if abuse is suspected or alleged. The Child Protection Liaison Teacher(CPLT) at St John’s is Miss J. Steward. The Deputy CPLT is Mrs J Needham.

The School has a responsibility to collate basic information such as who has parental responsibility for a child, and to pass this information to the relevant agencies if so requested. In the event of an investigation into possible child abuse, the School has a duty to co-operate with the investigating agencies to the best of their ability to promote the welfare of the child. Whilst the School will always attempt to work in partnership with parents and try to ensure that parents are fully informed of, and participate in, any action concerning their child, if there is a conflict of interest, the welfare of the child must be the paramount consideration. Should you wish to discuss Child Protection and the safety of your child, or indeed, any other topic involving your child, please contact the School.


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Mrs Pearce,
24 Nov 2016, 14:41